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Initiative proving its worth

from left: Dr Patrick Tung (Consultant in Emergency Medicine), Gilly Seale (Healthcare Assistant), Jane Watson, Brett Davison, Christie Sowerby, Kiran Mohanan, and Kate Briggs (Sister). Nurses at The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust are benefitting from additional state of the art resus training.

The A&E Resuscitation Room Emergency Simulation Training (ARREST) programme, the first of its kind in the UK, was developed after a nurse highlighted a need for simulation training to provide nurses with additional knowledge, skill and confidence in the management and support of critically ill patients.

Kate Briggs, Sister in Emergency Medicine at the Trust, recognised this during a shift in the Resuscitation Room in A&E. “Despite my very robust nurse training, I felt unprepared for some of the demands I was faced with,” she said. “New nurses sometimes lack the confidence to care for critically ill patients very soon after starting employment at the Trust, and I felt that there was a need for some additional form of training.”

Kate, along with medical input from Dr Asoka Weerasinghe and Dr Patrick Tung, developed the specifically tailored in-house ARREST course.

The course focuses on key topics and skills needed in resus situations using scenarios and simulation to practice what can be very stressful situations and is based around Kate’s experience of the duties she was asked to perform herself whilst in A&E.

The ARREST course is growing in popularity with nurses, so much so that healthcare assistants are now requesting that they be part of it. And there are plans for the course to play a valuable part in the Trust’s corporate induction of nurses.

David Melia, Deputy Chief Executive/Acting Chief Nurse, said: “I would like to thank Kate who has been instrumental in developing this course for our Trust and for overseeing its implementation in partnership with Dr Weerasinghe and Dr Tung. The inspiring programme is run effectively and efficiently and is held in great esteem by colleagues.”